The Demon Deacons advanced to their second-straight ACC Championship game with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in the semis.
First Team All-ACC
United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-Region
ACC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Oct. 3)
ACC All-Freshman Team
NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team
Ema Twumasi had a standout two-year career at Wake Forest before heading to the MLS as a Generation adidas signee after his sophomore season ... Finished his career with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 games, starting 35 of them ... Nearly half (seven) of his goals were game-winners.
Finished second on the team in both goals (10) and points (27), also adding seven assists, tied for third on the team ... Started each of the final 18 games after coming off the bench his first five ... Notched game-winning goals in back-to-back victories over No. 8 Louisville (Sept. 9) and App State (Sept. 16), also scoring the next game against Pitt (Sept. 16) as he scored four goals in a three-game span ... Also netted the game-winner over South Carolina (Sept. 26) before scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Clemson (Sept. 29) ... Recorded a goal and two assists in a win over Virginia Tech (Oct. 14) ... Found the back of the net against Boston College (Oct. 21) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 5) ... Converted what proved to be the game-winning PK in the shootout victory over Virginia in the ACC Championship game (Nov. 12) ... Took at least one shot in every game, including multiple shots in 20 of the 23 games.
As a freshman, appeared in 24 of 25 games while making 17 starts on the season ... Came off the bench in each of the first six games before making his first-career start at Duke (Sept. 16) and scored the game-winner in that match in the 19th minute ... Finished the season with six goals and four assists for 16 points. The goal tally put him third on the team while the assist total tied him for the best mark on the squad ... Scored his first-career goal in style with a bicycle kick against Cal Poly (Aug. 28), scoring what ended up being the game-winner with 1.9 seconds to go in the first half ... The goal went on to earn the No. 5 play of the night on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays ... Also scored the game-winner early in overtime of the ACC Semifinals against Louisville (Nov. 9) ... Notched the game's only two goals in the 80th and 82nd minutes in the Elite Eight against Virginia Tech (Dec. 3). At season's end, was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team ... He was also tabbed a member of Top Drawer Soccer's Men's Division I Freshman Best XI First Team.
Scored 29 goals and had 11 assists for Kent School as a senior, finishing his prep career with 81 goals and 34 assists ... Earned Connecticut Boy's Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015 ... Named a two-time First Team All-Western New England Prep School Soccer Association selection ... Also named an All-Connecticut performer by Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association in 2014 and 2015 ... Participated in the High School All-American Game in December 2015 ... Was named to the All-New England Senior All-Star Team in 2015 and to the Junior All-Star Team in 2014 ... Rated the nation's No. 36 recruit in the Class of 2016 by Colllege Soccer News.
Full name is Emmanuel Twumasi ... Born May 18, 1997 in Accra, Ghana ... Son of Liz and Rob Kirkpatrick ... Undecided on major ... Was also offered to play for Virginia and Georgetown ... Volunteered in Connecticut as a youth soccer coach ... Played prep soccer with Rashid Nuhu of Fordam, Francis Atuahene of Michigan and Edward Opoku of Virginia ... When not on the field, likes to play FIFA ... Came to the United States through the "Right to Dream" program, an organization that links talented children from all over West Africa with the opportunity to fulfill their potential through soccer, education and character development. More information about Ema's story from the Greenwich Free Press.